After not shooting together since fashion month in February earlier this year Nicole and I finally got to play around with pretty dresses and gorgeous afternoon light in Paris this past Sunday. White Valentino lace, Jardin du Palais-Royal and Nicole apparently goes very well together (although I would never have thought otherwise) and made my job ridiculously easy.
For more photos and outfit details, visit Nicole’s blog.
One of my favourite shows so far during Paris Fashion Week has been Haider Ackermann. Not only because of my encounter with Mr. West himself (yes, we actually spoke words to one another) but also because of the dreamy pale blush tones used throughout the collection, the super cool layering and the stunning hair (by Wella Professionals) and make-up. …If only my legs weren’t so extremely short I would definitely buy those incredible patent pants in both black and white as soon as they’re hitting the store shelves, but I’m quite sure I would look more like a stuffed (shiny) sausage rather than effortlessly chic like the model above. Anyhow, I’ll continue to admire them from afar.
Something I might try my luck with though is a new make-up look… After seeing pale eye make-up and lighter eyelashes at both Dior, Issey Miyake and now Haider Ackermann I’m slowly thinking about giving it a go at home. I might look like a version of Barbie or as though I’ve turned albino overnight but hey, why not give it a try?
There’s something special about Dior… When I, for a quick second, realised where I was actually sitting this Friday (after running from the Issey Miyake show and changing in Angelina’s bathroom) my stomach was filled with butterflies and excitement. I couldn’t, and still have a hard time believing, that this incredibly journey started only a year ago and that I’m fortunate enough to live out my dreams in real life at the moment. I couldn’t be happier. The Dior show was brilliant. The music, the venue, the make-up, the clothes – it was everything I could hope for and more.
To see the whole collection you can click here.
Don’t be fooled by the photo – my apartment actually looks like a war zone at the moment (it was taken pre-fashion week), covered in clothes, papers, memory cards and bags. I’ve barely been home during the last week since I’ve been running around the city in between photo shoots, meetings and shows but even though it’s stressful I kind of wish that we would have these weeks a bit more often – it’s just so much fun.
• I always get a ton of questions on how to dress when coming to Paris. If you’re wondering about this, I suggest popping over to Condé Nast Traveler and reading my latest article.
• Thanks to Madewell for featuring me in their “weekly roundup” edition!
• Instagram made a map over Paris together with the very talented illustrator Soledad Bravi and gave it away at Colette earlier this week. It’s such a cute idea and I couldn’t be more thrilled about actually being featured on the map as one of Paris’ instagrammers.
• I recently shot the lovely Jenny, behind the blog Margo & Me, while she was in Paris last week or so. She’s just the sweetest and I’m so terribly jealous of her pretty little clutch that I got to lust over for a few minutes during an afternoon.
• My darling Aisling asked me a few questions about Fashion Week, you can read my answers here.
This morning I walked through a calm and quiet Jardin des Tuileries to join the backstage madness and to attend the Issey Miyake show. Squeezing in among gorgeous models when you haven’t slept in four days and barely had any time to put on proper make-up that morning is… Less than ideal for your confidence, but my excitement about shooting the backstage area for Wella Professionals made me forget about my sloppy applied mascara and dark circles beneath my eyes. The backstage are is exactly as crazy, crowded and hectic as you probably would imagine it to be – there’s people everywhere and everyone is trying to do their job as quickly and perfect as possible.
I’ve always wanted to shoot more models so this morning was like a dream for me – especially since I fell head over heels in love with the beautiful hair and make-up for the show. Eugene Souleiman, Wella Professionals’ creative director for care and styling, created a hairstyle that incorporated both soft and hard elements and something that would remind you of lightness and clouds. Sure, I would probably not be able to do this at home (I mean, I can barely braid my own hair) but a girl can always dream, right? At least I’ve finally found a hairstyle in which my baby hairs would actually come to good use for once! Paired together with the pastel coloured eye lashes in soft blues and greens I really had a hard time putting the camera down. Thank you Wella for having me!
To see the looks come to live and to see the whole runway show, you can click here.
Paris Fashion Week is officially back in town, which means that I’ll be running around like a headless chicken during the next couple of days. There’s so many exciting shoots, meetings and events coming up that I can’t wait to share more from. Since these days mean non-stop work from 08am to late nights I suggest following along through Instagram instead since I probably won’t be organised enough to get in front of a computer.
I’m slowly realising how wonderful the last couple of weeks have been and how incredibly stressful the coming ones will be. Paris Fashion Week is just around the corner and there’s already so many things filling up my calendar that I’m worried I’m not going to handle it all. Stressful for sure, but it’s fun stress after all! Follow along on Instagram for more updates and photos.
Don’t worry, this is never going to become a personal style blog – I have neither the figure (I’m actually eating a block of chocolate while writing this…) or the style to keep something like that going. I’m also very likely the most uncomfortable person in front of a camera that you’ll ever see. If it wasn’t for my lovely Katie (and the fact that we already know each other so well) I don’t think I would have ever gotten one single usable shot from this morning. Being on the other side of the lens is hard. It means loosing control and putting your vision into the hands of another person and trusting that they’ll see exactly what you have in mind. Something I’m not very good at and probably one of the main reasons to why you don’t see much of me around here on the blog (that and the fact that I freeze up like a popsicle as soon as a camera is pointed in my direction of course). Fortunately Katie does this for a living (if you’ve payed close attention you know that I’ve mentioned her and her brilliant work many times before) and is one of the people who can make me laugh no matter the circumstances. I’m so lucky and grateful to have such a wonderful friend to share my everyday life here in Paris with. And if there’s anyone out there getting married, engaged or looking for someone to photograph you and your loved one while in Paris, this is the girl you need to get in contact with since she’s simply the best wedding photographer in the city.
The other reason to this little morning photo shoot, and perhaps the push that made me face my camera shyness, was this beautiful skirt that arrived in my mailbox before I left for vacation. The perfect shade of pink, in the lightest chiffon fabric I’ve ever had on… How could you not want to photograph that?
Photos by: Katie Mitchell.
My most trusted ally for almost four years now. Works for anything and everything, and still looks pretty decent.
Overall the Parisian summer hasn’t been much to rave about. Until September that is. If that still counts as summer? I think it should since the weather has been so much lovelier thus far during this month than it was during the entire month of August. You think I’m obsessing too much over the weather? Well, you would too if you’re used to seeing grey skies and rain non-stop every day.